Dec. 23, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - Michael Lizarraga is an inspiration and a hero to all.
The senior forward is the only deaf basketball player competing on the NCAA Division I level.
Despite his inability to hear, Lizarraga has continued his dream of playing college basketball, a sport he has played most of his young life.
Karen Crouse, a New York Times reporter, details the inspirational story on Michael's determination and commitment to the game of basketball in Thursday's (12/23/10) newspaper. Lizarraga's story is also available online in the sports section at www.nytimes.com
Michael is currently a starter on the Cal State Northridge basketball team. Lizarraga is averaging 6.4 points and is second on the team in rebounding at 4.7 rebounds per game.
Lizarraga is among the team leaders in field goal percentage (.520), steals (13) and blocked shots (10). Earlier this year, Lizarraga scored a career-high 15 points (6-for-8 from the floor) along with five rebounds, two steals and a block against 2010 Pac-10 champion California.
Lizarraga's favorite quote is "Don't tell me I can't because I will".